Relatives of Kentuckians who died in Vietnam are being urged to submit photos and other remembrances of their loved ones to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Eastern Kentucky University later this week hosts a touring version of the Vietnam Memorial. Lee Allen with the Memorial Fund says his organization launched a national campaign to get photos of all those people named on the wall. Of the one thousand 58 Kentuckians who died during the Vietnam War, Allen says 625 pictures are still being sought.
“People can give us photos of their loved ones, maybe people they knew in high school or college, people in from their parish, their little league, photos are coming from all over,” said Allen.
Ground will be broken in November on the Vietnam Education Center on the Mall in Washington. Allen says the photos will be posted on-line and eventually go to the education center.
“The main attraction of this museum of the education center will be the wall of photos and that is a giant digital screen where we will show the photos of the fallen that we’re collecting,” added Allen.
The traveling exhibit will be welcomed to Eastern Kentucky University Thursday morning just outside the school’s Center for the Arts.